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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 27 A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 27 Then comes the doing. I type up all the points I have discovered of how I bring value to my work and put them in a form I can hand to my boss. I make an appointment with them. Before going into the meeting, I do my practices that make me feel energized and bright. I put on my best clothes and show up on time. I look my boss in the eye and connect with my heart while I ask for what I want. Of course, we do not know until we take the action what the result will be. This fear of the unknown, or of failure, can easily stop us from taking action. If I ask for a raise and the answer is no, I will have to feel that. But what if I looked at it as simple information gathering and not a final answer? If I have really aligned my beliefs with my goals, there is actually a deep knowing that what I see for myself will happen. Who said it would happen the first time? Or the second, third, or fourth? Not seeing results the first time I take action is no reason to think of myself as a failure. I continue to hold in my mind the belief that I create the value to receive more money, and regardless of the number of doors that stay closed, I continue knocking on doors until one opens. With mind and body both reaching for the same thing, we are much more likely to get where we want to go. COLLECTING NOs I had a business coach who told me to go out and "collect nos." My task became to immunize myself to rejection by making it my goal to get it. The more nos I collected, the faster I would get over my fear of receiving them, and the more people I gave the opportunity to say no to me, the more people had the opportunity to say yes. I won't lie and say this was fun for me. My fear of rejection and my sensitive nature are about as strong as anyone's. But it was illuminating to realize that living life in a bid to avoid rejection would not get me where I wanted to go. None of us can know what will come in the future. We make educated guesses by reaching forward, taking action, and learning along the way. How we think and feel on the inside comes first—next comes putting those beliefs into action. Then we must continue forward through what comes. With this recipe, we will doubtlessly watch our dreams materialize. Jennie Hastings, LMT, BCTMB, has studied money in the therapeutic process from every angle: as a client, patient, and practitioner. She is the author of The Inspired Massage Therapist (Massage Blossom Books, 2012). Hastings believes having a career in massage and bodywork means having infinite possibilities, and she is always exploring new ways to evolve her practice. You can find more from her at

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